T-Mobile G2 Review
Holding down the dedicated shutter key will launch the camera app which offers a simple layout that doesn't throw much at you in terms of options. You'll be able to modify things like focus, exposure, white balance, and zoom, but it clearly doesn't offer the bevy of items seen with devices like the Samsung Vibrant. Regardless, taking photos is a simple and quick process as you slightly press down on the shutter key to focus, and press it all the way to take the shot.
Quality from its 5-megapixel camera is definitely up there on T-Mobile's lineup, but slightly behind the Samsung Vibrant for supremacy in this category. Outdoor shots have a soft look which lacks any sharp tones to them while offering some decent and natural looking color reproduction. In situations where lighting is poor, you'll want to keep your hand steady since the slightest of movement will result in having some blurriness occurring – which already agitates its even more softer details. Luckily, we like how well the LED flash illuminates shots in low lighting. However, it's hit or miss when it comes to focus since the handset doesn't turn on the flash while attempting to focus. In all honestly, the pictures it's able to produce are better than most others – which should be good enough to make actual prints.
Without question, the T-Mobile G2 has the ability to shoot 720p videos with a capture rate of 29 frames per second in conditions where good lighting is present. Although it might all sound good on paper, it's execution quickly stumbles as it exhibits a fair amount of artifacting going on – which does wash out some of its details. Package that with the lack of any auto-focus, videos won't radiate any tantalizing visuals to haul in people. Furthermore, the exposure will also jump in order to quickly adapt to the environment – so there are times when you'll see it go from dark to light and vice versa. Now the capture rate will fluctuate depending on the lighting conditions at the time of shooting. In fact, we did witness it jumping down to 24 fps in medium lighting and all the way down to a dismal 19 fps in poor lighting. It's hard to even consider these videos as high definition when it clearly falls short in obtaining even the subtle hints of detail.
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The Gallery app will display all of the photos and videos you've taken with the handset in a 3D like panel where you can pan left or right – plus the ones that are pubic with your Picasa account. Once you make a selection, you'll have the ability to make some minor edits – like cropping or rotating. In addition, you can share photos via MMS, Bluetooth, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, or an email.
Nothing special is going on with the handset's music player especially when it's none other than the stock player we're all accustomed to by now. Although presentation is no different, but far from the visuals seen with Microsoft's Zune or cover flow with the iPhone, it's more than functional at its core. It'll display noteworthy items such as the album cover, track information, and music controls. For all it's worth, the G2's speaker quickly shows off one of its main weaknesses as it produces some strained tones – while not even sounding powerful at all. When you listen closely, you'll still have some trouble making it out since it's just weak in tone and accompanied with some shrill sounds – definitely not pleasant to the ear to say the least.
Already showing off it processing prowess, the T-Mobile G2 is more than equipped in dealing with the playback of just about any videos you can dish at it. In fact, we're able to load a movie trailer encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution with no problems whatsoever seeing that it presents some fluid playback. And of course, the screen size is more than ideal to watch a lengthy video for an extensive amount of time.
Connectivity and Internet:
The T-Mobile G2 is a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and dual-band UMTS (1700/2100 MHz) handset which makes it an ideal solution for the global trotter. Without question, the most unique thing about it is that is indeed the very first handset to support HSPA+ connectivity in the US – meaning that it'll offer some quick data speeds via T-Mobile's AWS band. If that isn't enough to satisfy your needs, it packs 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for an alternative internet connection, Bluetooth 2.1 to pair up with various devices for wireless transfers, and aGPS for all your location needs.
So this is the one key area where you'll instantly notice the faster improvement over other current 3G enabled smartphones. Overall, the web browsing experience is definitely great on the G2 because it combines the hasty speeds of HSPA+ and support for Flash 10.1. With the tandem, it undoubtedly presents a surreal experience that rivals that of a true desktop feel. Not only do pages load super fast, but it renders it accordingly just like what you see on a computer. Double tap is available to get text to fit perfectly to the length of the page, while multi-touch gesture support for pinching is offered to customize your zoom level. Scrolling is pretty responsive, even when Flash content is present, which definitely adds to its overall peppy nature.
Web browsing experience on the T-Mobile G2 is great because it combines the hasty speeds of HSPA+ and support for Flash 10.1
Although tethering isn't an available option right now, we were able to use PDAnet to share its data speeds with our computer. Generally, with previous handsets like the HTC EVO 4G, we achieved a maximum real world upload speed of 50kbps. Compare that to the maximum 40kbps seen with a Motorola DROID 2 or the 30kbps with an aging HTC Touch for Sprint, it seemingly shows the power of Sprint's WiMax network. However, the T-Mobile G2 was able to aid us in obtaining a real world upload speed of 100kbps – blowing away the competition out of the door! So if there's one thing to like about the G2 and nothing else, it has to be the fact that it has HSPA+ connectivity.
Packaged with an 8GB microSD card, it should prove to be sufficient for most people. But for those who are media centric, you'll be happy to know that it'll accept cards up to 32GB in capacity.
1. bling blingone (unregistered)
im gonna stick with aria right now...all i need is 3.5screen andriod htc sense ui phone!!!!!!!...well im here is aria getting 2.2???just askin guys
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1026; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Umm... the aria has a 3.2" screen. Just saying.